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Con Brio ~ Funk and Psychedelic Soul

  • Live Oak Music Festival Live Oak Camp, Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA USA (map)

The San Francisco band Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic soul pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone. The band’s music is a declaration of independence that you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free. 

Con Brio is known for its magnetic live show, with frontman Ziek McCarter’s swiveling hips, splits and backflips earning him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown. After his Army Veteran father was killed by police, McCarter had a dream that he should rise above injustice and perform in a way that lifts up those around him as well. Con Brio aims to spread music that shakes away the daily grind — and nurtures listeners’ dreams about what their version of paradise on earth might look like, even for the duration of a song.